Board of Directors
John Agwunobi is Chairman of the Board and CEO of Herbalife Nutrition, a premier global nutrition company that serves customers in 94 countries. Agwunobi is a passionate proponent of Herbalife Nutrition’s mission to improve the nutrition habits of people worldwide, strengthening our communities and providing independent distributors a business opportunity to earn supplemental income. As chief executive officer, he sets the strategy for Herbalife Nutrition, overseeing all aspects of the Company’s growth and ensuring that the Company continues to be recognized worldwide as a leading nutrition company, with a keen focus on initiatives that can positively impact issues affecting global society, including overweight and obesity, healthy aging, and a business opportunity.
Agwunobi previously served as co-president and chief health and nutrition officer, directing the Company’s nutrition philosophy. Since joining the Company in 2016, Agwunobi has worked closely with Herbalife Nutrition independent distributors and customers, ensuring that the Company continuously innovates in the areas of product development, technology, marketing and distributor sales. He also led the Herbalife Nutrition Institute, the Herbalife Nutrition Advisory Board, and the Herbalife Dietetic Advisory Board, and worked with the Company’s Ph.D.s and scientists to integrate nutrition science into Herbalife Nutrition products.
Agwunobi brings a wealth of experience from both the public and private sectors to his role. Most notably, in the private sector, he served as senior vice president and president of health and wellness for the world’s largest retailer, Walmart, where he led a team of over 65,000 and grew the business from $25 billion to over $30 billion. In the public sector, Agwunobi served as Florida’s Secretary of Health and later as Admiral, U.S. Public Health Services Commissioned Corps and the Assistant Secretary of Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In these roles, he was responsible for disease prevention and health promotion. He oversaw the Centers for Disease Control, National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, the office of the U.S. Surgeon General, and numerous other public health offices and programs.
Agwunobi has a broad educational background that includes a master's in public health from Johns Hopkins University and a master's in business administration from Georgetown University. He completed his pediatric residency at Howard University and is currently a licensed physician in Florida and Maryland. He serves on numerous boards including the U.S. African Development Foundation and Bluebird Bio.
Dr. Richard Carmona serves as Chief of Health Innovations of Canyon Ranch, a life-enhancement company.
Dr. Carmona is the first distinguished professor of Public Health at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona.
Prior to joining Canyon Ranch, Dr. Carmona served as the 17th Surgeon General of the United States from August 2002 through July 2006. Previously, he was Chairman of the State of Arizona Southern Regional Emergency Medical System; a professor of surgery, public health, and family and community medicine at the University of Arizona; and surgeon and deputy sheriff of the Pima County, Arizona, Sheriff’s Department. His leadership in public office, private industry and academia uniquely position him to help guide Herbalife Nutrition in providing healthy nutrition choices to people around the world.
Dr. Carmona served in the U.S. Army and the Army’s Special Forces. He also serves as a director of Axon and the Clorox Company.
Jonathan Christodoro is a former managing director of Icahn Capital, the entity through which Carl C. Icahn manages investment funds. Mr. Christodoro was responsible for identifying, analyzing and monitoring investment opportunities and portfolio companies for Icahn Capital. Prior to joining Icahn Capital, he served in various investment and research roles at P2 Capital Partners, Prentice Capital Management and S.A.C. Capital Advisors. His financial and entrepreneurial acumen helps guide Herbalife Nutrition to deliver on its principles building it better for our customers.
Mr. Christodoro began his career as an investment-banking analyst at Morgan Stanley, where he focused on merger and acquisition transactions across a variety of industries. He serves as a director of numerous companies where Mr. Icahn has or previously had non-controlling interest including, Xerox Corporation, a provider of document management solutions; Cheniere Energy, Inc., a developer of natural gas liquefaction and export facilities and related pipelines; PayPal Holdings, Inc., a technology platform company that enables digital and mobile payments worldwide; Lyft, Inc., a mobile ride-sharing application; and Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biotechnology company, where he has been Chairman of the Board since November 2013.
Mr. Christodoro was previously a director of Hologic, Inc., a supplier of diagnostic, medical imaging and surgical products; eBay Inc., a global commerce and payments company; Talisman Energy Inc., an independent oil and gas exploration and production company; and American Railcar Industries, Inc.
Mr. Christodoro received an M.B.A from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business with distinction, majoring in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management. Mr. Christodoro received a B.S. in Applied Economics and Management magna cum laude with honors distinction in research from Cornell University. He also served in the United States Marine Corps.
Hunter C. Gary is as Senior Vice President of Icahn Enterprises L.P. (IEP), a master limited partnership and diversified holding company engaged in ten primary business segments that include investment, automotive, energy, gaming, railcar, mining, food packaging, metals, real estate and home fashion. In his role, he is responsible for monitoring portfolio company operations, implementing operational value enhancement, as well as leads a variety of operational activities focused on technology, merger integration, supply chain, organization transformation, real estate, recruiting and executive compensation.
Mr. Gary’s wide-ranging expertise in areas fundamental to international business, including operations, benefits Herbalife Nutrition’s mission to provide healthier lifestyle choices to people around the world.
Mr. Gary has held numerous “C-Suite” roles at Icahn Enterprises’ affiliates including Sfire Technology, Cadus Corporation, and Icahn Sourcing. He has also served as director of a number of companies that are indirectly controlled by Carl C. Icahn, including Icahn Automotive Group LLC, Ferrous Resources Limited, PSC Metals Inc., XO Holdings, Tropicana Entertainment Inc., and WestPoint Home LLC. Mr. Gary has also been a member of the Executive Committee of ACF Industries LLC (“ACF”), a railcar manufacturing company, since July 2015.
Mr. Gary received his Bachelor of Science degree with senior honors from Georgetown University as well as a certificate of executive development from Columbia Graduate School of Business.
Alan LeFevre is the former executive vice president of finance and chief financial officer for Jarden Corporation, a leading provider of consumer products with a portfolio of over 120 brands sold globally. As a member of the Board of Directors, Mr. LeFevre lends significant financial experience to helping Herbalife Nutrition deliver on its purpose of making the world healthier and happier.
Prior to becoming CFO, from 1997 to 2014 Mr. LeFevre served multiple roles at Jarden’s subsidiary, Jarden Consumer Solutions, formerly the Sunbeam Corporation. In his position as executive vice president of operations and chief financial officer, he oversaw the accounting and finance, supply chain, manufacturing, sourcing, engineering and information technology groups for Jarden Consumer Solutions.
Mr. LeFevre started his career at Arthur Andersen & Co. as a certified public accountant in 1982.
Mr. LeFevre graduated with distinction from Valparaiso University, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
Jesse A. Lynn is the General Counsel of Icahn Enterprises L.P., a diversified holding company engaged in a variety of businesses, including investment, automotive, energy, gaming, railcar, food packaging, metals, real estate and home fashion. From 2004 to 2015, Mr. Lynn was Assistant General Counsel of Icahn Enterprises. With across-the-board proficiency in many key business areas, Mr. Lynn’s expertise helps Herbalife Nutrition provide nutrition and lifestyle choices to help people around the world live healthy active lifestyles.
Prior to joining Icahn Enterprises, Mr. Lynn worked as an associate in the New York office of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. in its business and finance department. He also held an associate role in the corporate group at Gordon, Altman Butowsky, Weitzen, Shalov, and Wein.
Mr. Lynn serves as a director of The Manitowoc Company, Inc., a capital goods manufacturer. Mr. Lynn earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan, and a Jurist Doctorate in 1996 from the Boston University School of Law.
Nicholas Graziano, a member of the Board of Directors, is committed to Herbalife Nutrition’s mission to help people live healthy active lifestyles.
Mr. Graziano was previously a portfolio manager at Icahn Capital, the entity through which Carl C. Icahn manages investment funds, as well as the founding partner and chief investment officer of the hedge fund Venetus Partners LP, where he was responsible for portfolio and risk management, along with day-to-day firm operations.
Prior to founding Venetus, Mr. Graziano served as senior managing director of Corvex Management, portfolio manager at Omega Advisors, and managing director at Sandell Asset Management.
From 2007 to 2013, Mr. Graziano served as an independent director of Fair Isaac Corporation, WCI Communities Inc., InfoSpace Inc, and WestPoint International.
Mr. Graziano was one of only two members of his college class to be selected for and have completed the five-year undergraduate/MBA program at Duke University, earning both a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Master of Business Administration degree from The Fuqua School of Business.
The Honorable Michael Montelongo, a former presidential appointee and Senate-confirmed official, is president and chief executive officer of GRC Advisory Services, LLC, a private firm specializing in board governance, risk management, and compliance matters. He is also a senior advisor at LeadershipForward, a premier leadership performance firm serving Fortune 500 and small business clients and serves on the boards of the Larry H. Miller Management Corporation, Exostar LLC, and Aerospace Corporation.
Mr. Montelongo’s expertise leading change in large organizations, with a focusing on strategy, financial and risk management (including cyber-risk), policymaking, and operations excellence for global commercial and public sector enterprises, helps Herbalife Nutrition grow and innovate in order to help people around the world live healthy active lifestyles.
Most recently, Mr. Montelongo served as chief administrative officer and senior vice president, public policy and corporate affairs for Sodexo, Inc., the leading $9 billion, 133,000-person quality of life services enterprise in North America. Previously, he was a Bush White House appointee serving as the 19th assistant secretary for financial management and chief financial officer of the U.S. Air Force and concluded his tenure at the Pentagon as acting secretary of the Air Force. A public policy expert, he is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Before joining the Bush administration, Mr. Montelongo was an executive with a global management consulting firm, a regional telecommunications company, and completed a career in the U.S. Army that included line and staff assignments, a Congressional Fellowship in the U.S. Senate, and service as an assistant professor teaching economics and political science at West Point.
The first in his extended family to attend college, Mr. Montelongo earned his bachelor’s degree in science from West Point and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School. Active in civic leadership, he volunteers for organizations that expand opportunities for young people, support community health and wellness, assist veterans, and promote national service. A recipient of military, government, and corporate awards, he is featured in several nationally recognized Latino publications including being twice listed in Hispanic Business Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Hispanics.
Juan Miguel Mendoza is an independent Herbalife Nutrition distributor with more than 25 years of experience helping people live healthy active lifestyles through personalized nutrition and coaching. Mr. Mendoza is also a member of the Company’s Chairman’s Club, an achievement he has held since 2013.
Mr. Mendoza regularly tours the world, training independent Herbalife Nutrition distributors about the business, the products, and the importance of our distributor difference. He is an integral member of various strategy and planning groups for the Company.
As a member of the Board of Directors, Mr. Mendoza brings a first-hand understanding of the function and specific needs of the Company’s independent distributors, the ultimate drivers of Herbalife Nutrition’s business, to the Board. His tenure as an independent distributor also provides valuable insight into the Company’s growth and development over a 25-year period.
Mr. Mendoza and his wife, Andrea, use Herbalife Nutrition products, in conjunction with their regular nutrition and workout plan. They conduct business in more than ten countries and work together from home, where they can spend quality time with their family.
Mr. James Nelson is the Chief Executive Officer of Global Net Lease, Inc., a publicly-traded real estate investment trust. Mr. Nelson brings to his service as lead director his significant experience serving as Chief Executive Officer and extensive governance expertise as a director at numerous companies.
Mr. Nelson previously served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Eaglescliff Corporation, a specialty investment banking, consulting and wealth management company from 1986 until 2009. From 1998 through 2003, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orbit Aviation, Inc., a company engaged in the acquisition and completion of Boeing Business Jets for private and corporate clients; and from 1995 until 1999, Mr. Nelson was Chief Executive Officer and Co-Chairman of Orbitex Management, Inc., a financial services company in the mutual fund sector.
Mr. Nelson currently serves on the board of Global Net Lease, Inc. since March 2017. In addition to his current board position, Mr. Nelson served as a director on numerous boards including Icahn Enterprises GP (IEP) from 2001 until 2019; Caesars Entertainment Corporation from 2019 until 2020; New York REIT, Inc. from 2015 until 2017; and Viskase Companies, Inc. from 2003 through 2010. He also served as a director of American Entertainment Properties Corp., Tropicana Entertainment Inc., Orbitex Financial Services Group, Shuffle Master, Inc., Pacific Energy Resources Ltd., Cequel Communications, Take Two Interactive Software, Inc., and Voltari Corporation (f/k/a Motricity Inc.).
Margarita Paláu-Hernández, nominated by the President of the United States to serve as United States Representative to the United Nations General Assembly 73rd Session with the rank of Ambassador, is the founder and chief executive officer of Hernandez Ventures, a private firm engaged in the acquisition and management of a variety of business interests. Ms. Paláu-Hernández is committed to community engagement and leveraging that experience to help Herbalife Nutrition deliver on its mission of helping people live healthy active lifestyles.
Ms. Paláu-Hernández is an attorney with financial and entrepreneurial expertise. Prior to founding Hernandez Ventures in 1988, she spent three years with the law firm of McCutcheon, Black, Verleger & Shea specializing in domestic and international business and real estate transactions.
Since November 2015, Ms. Paláu-Hernández has been a director and member of the Compensation and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees of the publicly traded ALJ Regional Holdings, Inc. She is a member of numerous non-profit commissions and boards, including the Pacific Council on International Policy; the Smithsonian National Latino Board; UCLA School of Law Board of Advisors; UCLA Law Women L.E.A.D; Yale School of Management Council of Global Advisors; Ex-Officio Board Member of Yale School of Management and Trustee Emeritus of the University of San Diego.
Ms. Paláu-Hernández earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of San Diego and a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law.
Ms. Maria Otero currently serves on the board of directors of Development Alternatives Inc., a global development company. Ms. Otero’s expansive career focused on empowering those less fortunate around the world, leadership roles, extensive public service and microfinance experience help Herbalife Nutrition deliver on its mission to help people live healthy active lifestyles.
In 2009, she was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the US Senate to serve as Undersecretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs. In 2012, Secretary Clinton named Maria Otero as Undersecretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, a newly created office and position at the State Department, where she served until 2013. During her time at the Department of State, Undersecretary Otero also served as the President’s Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues. She became the highest-ranking Hispanic official at the State Department and the first Latina undersecretary in its history. She was appointed by President Clinton to chair the board of the Inter-American Foundation and by President Bush to serve as vice-chair on the board of the US Institute of Peace. In 2006, she was appointed by Secretary General Kofi Annan to the U.N. Advisors Group on Inclusive Financial Sectors. She also chaired the board of Bread for the World and served on the boards of the Calvert Foundation and BRAC in Bangladesh.
From 2000 to 2009 Ms. Otero served as President and CEO of Accion International, a global microfinance organization operating in 26 countries. In that capacity, she chaired the board of Accion Investments, a global equity investment fund and represented Accion on the board of several microfinance banks. Ms. Otero also worked as an economist for Latin America and the Caribbean in the Women in Development Office of USAID. She is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations.
Mr. John Tartol is an independent Herbalife Nutrition distributor with more than 35 years of experience with the Company. He is a member of the Company’s Chairman’s Club since 2000.
His experience training other independent Herbalife Nutrition distributors all over the world and serving on various strategy and planning groups lends itself to helping Herbalife Nutrition deliver on its mission to help people live healthy active lifestyles.
He is also active on behalf of various charities in his community and worldwide on behalf of the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Illinois.